I don’t know about you but even tho I love all the disciples in a completely different way, I can soooo relate to Peter. I too am prone to foot-in-mouth, and have been known to compromise my value system a time or two. I can be indecisive, impetuous, and fiercely loyal. But not necessarily violent.
It’s encouraging for me to know that even when I blow it big time, my Father is bigger than my failure. That I can still be a trophy of His grace. That on the other side of mess-ups is forgiveness. That it’s never too late to make a brand new start. That His Plan B can work out better than Plan A ever would, if I’d simply been obedient. I guess that’s part of what makes Him God.
What’s your “if” today! Your biggest dread that you think you can never overcome? I’m a big fan of the ‘what if’ game. I try to imagine what would happen if… the worst, or the best, manifested in my life. Does that change the Ancient of Days? The One who knit me together in my mother’s womb, Who knew I would be born dead, yet still had plans for me, plans I could not even begin to fathom?
Ddm (dear darling man) has something he likes to repeat often, a throwback from his army days – “I’ve been shot, stabbed, and left for dead twice; what are you gonna do to me?” The Kari-fied version of that would be, “Death, where is your sting? Grave, where is your victory? I’ve read the back of the book! I’m on the winning side!” He brought me back to life at birth, before I even had the chance to live: there is truly nothing impossible with our God. He truly is ‘the air I breathe.’
What if “it” ends on a cross? In suffering, and senseless death? It doesn’t. What the world calls failure is simply the door to a new beginning. Peter should know. Jesus basically told him, “Meet Me at Galilee,” Matthew 16.17. Why? Jesus knew he’d go back to his old ways, and probably thought, “get all your fishin’ out, bro – I’m gonna need you…” This gives me hope.
Are you in a hard place today? When you look around, is all you see broken dreams? Been there. Many times. Does your story end here? In fear? I think not. Fear is never the end. Sunday’s a’comin’.
Kari, the sometimes-Peter
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